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Scholarship success for Loughborough University Product Design Engineering Graduate

11 December 2015

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Loughborough University graduate Rebecca Grant has won the Postgraduate Scholarship Award at the IMechE Vision Awards 2015.

The IMechE offers one Postgraduate Research Scholarship nationally per year, valued at £20,000, for exceptional graduate students from an IMechE accredited engineering degree programme, who wish to undertake further research in a related engineering discipline, leading to the award of a doctorate degree such as a PhD, EngD or DPhil. The Research Scholarship is a personal award to allow the winning postgraduate student to better manage their research activities, provide opportunities over and above that possible on their existing research funding, and to promote their engineering story to future generations.

Rebecca Grant graduated with a 1st Class Honours MEng degree in Product Design Engineering from the Wolfson School, Loughborough University in July 2015, and was also the recipient of the university Sir Robert Martin Prize for outstanding achievement.

Rebecca entered the 2015 IMechE Postgraduate Research Scholarship competition on the basis of her proposed research topic, and her aspirations to further develop her STEM and outreach activities as a Loughborough University Graduate Ambassador:

“The application of manufacturing metrology strategies for the control of large scale bio-manufacturing of stem cell therapies”

Rebecca was short listed from a large national entry, to deliver a presentation and interview in early September along with 15 other applicants, with panel assessment being completed at the IMechE Headquarters in Birdcage Walk, London over two consecutive days. She was subsequently delighted to be informed by the IMechE that she had been selected as the overall winner of the national scholarship competition.

Rebecca was awarded her IMechE Postgraduate Research Scholarship by the 2015 IMechE President, Professor Richard Folkson, at the IMechE Visionary Awards Ceremony held at Birdcage Walk, on the 23rd September 2015.

Rebecca is now fully immersed at the Centre for Doctoral Training for Regenerative Medicine in the development stage of her PhD, encompassing bio-sciences, bio-engineering, manufacturing technologies and metrology, and will soon be involved with developing collaborative links with research sponsors such as GlaxoSmithKline, and the Laboratory of the Government Chemist (LGC). She hopes that the IMechE Research Scholarship Award will underpin her aspirations to spend some of her PhD on study secondment overseas at specialist stem cell manufacturing facilities, as well as furthering her STEM and Outreach activities.

Loughborough University London has a range of scholarships and bursaries to support its students in 2016. Worth up to 90 % off tuition fees, our scholarships and bursaries have been created to celebrate academic excellence, support ambition and reward meaningful contributions to local communities.

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